Pachauri sacked as TERI chief

Bengaluru: Controversial climate scientist R K Pachauri, who is battling charges of sexual harassment levelled by a woman colleague, was today sacked as chief of the prestigious TERI, more than five months after the scandal broke out.

R K Pachauri was today sacked as chief of the prestigious TERI.
R K Pachauri was today sacked as chief of the prestigious TERI.
74-year-old Ajay Mathur, Director General of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has been appointed as successor to Pachauri, just days after he was allowed by a Delhi court to enter TERI premises while keeping him out of the head office and the Gurgaon branch.

The decision to show the door to Pachauri as Director General of the not-for-profit think-tank, The Energy Research Institute, was taken by its Governing Council that has some of the influential names of corporate India, at a meeting held here.

“The Governing Council (GC) of TERI at its meeting held in Bangalore today took a decision to appoint Dr Ajay Mathur, currently Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Government of India, as the Director General (DG) of TERI,” the environment body said in a statement.

However, the decision was slammed by women and legal activists who attacked the GC for “delaying” the removal of Pachauri and described the TERI statement as “scandalous”.

“It is a delayed step. He should have been asked to step down in February 2015, when the complaint was made, so that there could have been an internal complaint committee inquiry and a proper investigation,” said Vrinda Grover, a lawyer and a human rights activist.

The statement by the Governing Council is ‘scandalous’.

They said he has been replaced not because he is guilty by the committee but it is a part of their routine search for the candidate,” she said.